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UNCITRAL Assigns ODR to a Working Group



The 43rd session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) was held in New York, from June 29 – July 9, 2010.  On July 6, 2010, under the leadership of Chairman Professor Ricardo Sandoval Lopez (Chile), state delegations discussed whether work in the field of ODR for cross-border electronic commerce transactions should be assigned to an open Working Group of UNCITRAL. 

State delegations from every region of the world overwhelmingly supported the assignment of a Working Group for ODR.  Some debate ensued regarding the scope of the mandate to be given to the Working Group.  Ultimately, the Commission assigned a Working Group, granting a broad mandate:

After discussion, the Commission agreed that a Working Group should be established to undertake work in the field of online dispute resolution relating to cross-border electronic commerce transactions, including business-to-business and business-to-consumer transactions. It was also agreed that the form of the legal standard to be prepared should be decided by the Working Group after further discussion of the topic.” (forthcoming UNCITRAL report)


The dates for the first Working Group meeting will be announced shortly, but will be held by the end of the year at the United Nations’ offices in Vienna, Austria.


The Institute of International Commercial Law wishes to thank the approximately 40 organizations and institutions that supported the Institute’s Note submitted to UNCITRAL prior to the discussion at the Commission meeting, supporting the future work on ODR by UNCITRAL (UNCITRAL Doc. No. A/CN.9/710; the Institute is an approved NGO observer to UNCITRAL).  These organizations include:


·         American National Standards Institute;

·         Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Egypt;

·         Canadian Arbitration Congress;

·         Center for Transnational Law (CENTRAL),Cologne University, Germany;

·         Center for International Legal Education, University of Pittsburgh;

·         Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) Limited;

·         Committee on International Contract and Commercial Law, International Section of New York State Bar Association;

·         Cyberjustice Laboratory, University of Montreal

·         Czech Arbitration Court;

·         China Society of Private International Law;

·         Construction Industry Arbitration Council (CIAC), India;

·         Dispute Resolution Division, Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.;

·         Egyptian ADR Association;

·         European Legal Studies Institute, University of Osnabruck, Germany;

·         Faculty of Law, Potchefstroom Campus, Northwest University, Potchefstroom, South Africa;

·         Geneva Master in International Dispute Settlement, University of Geneva Law Faculty and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies;

·         Global Business Dialogue on e-Society;

·         Hong Kong Internet Forum;

·         Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIArb); 

·         Institute of Commercial Law, Penn State Dickinson School of Law;

·         Institute of Computer and Communications Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London;

·         Institute of Law and Technology, Faculty of Law, Masaryk University, Czech Republic;

·         Institute of International Law, Wuhan University, P.R.China;

·         International Association for Commercial and Contract Management (IACCM);

·         International Chamber of Commerce;

·         International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR);

·         International Law Department of China Foreign Affairs University;

·         Internet Bar Organization;

·         İstanbul Bilgi University Institute of ICT and Law, Turkey;

·         Latin American E-commerce Institute;

·         Law Department of the European University Institute;

·         Mediators Beyond Borders;

·         National Institute for Dispute Resolution and Technology;

·         OECD — Committee on Consumer Policy Secretariat;

·         ODR LatinoAmerica;

·         School of International Arbitration, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London;

·         School of Law, City University of Hong Kong;.

·         Smartsettle

·         The Mediation Room.

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